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Byzantium 2012
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  • Neil Jordan
  • June 28, 2013
  • 118 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Irresistible. Immoral. Immortal.
Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

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It´s interesting what kind of movies you watch when you want to follow the carreer of a certain actress/actor.

I´m not into the vampire theme at all, never have, but this is different. It might have been better had they avoided the term "Vampire" altogether. They could easily have come up with another concept. I like the idea of Eleanor not running around killing people but rather beeing the "Angel of Death" that comes to you when your time is up and deliveres you to the other side. Even the almost mandatory love story wasn´t too cheesy. The Movie itself is well produced but the pace is very slow especially at the beginning so you need to be patient for it to unfold. A little less running time might have helped but then again it propably was what the director intented.

Althought this was only a part of my Saoirse movie journey I´d say this is not the worst movie to watch.

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Image and sound 4.5 / 5: I really liked this version of vampires, as Neil Jordan also takes

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Byzantium is by far the best vampire movie/show in recent history. It's a very specific genre that has been milked dry in the past few years but Byzantium makes it feel new again. It's excellently acted, directed, and written. The strongest part of this film was definitely the mythology that they invented around the vampirism, it is meaningful, interesting, and unique. It really is a beautiful movie but it is also slow paced at the beginning so you have to commit yourself to it and see it through to the pay off.

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